Aerial Drone Ban in Effect at National Parks in Utah

Published on August 26, 2014 at 12:26PM

The National Park Service’s ban on aerial drones being used inside national parks, primarily to capture photos and video, is now in full effect in Utah and nationwide. The Park Service initiated the drone ban in late June but gave park superintendents two months to implement the policy. Ray O’Neil is the acting chief ranger at Zion National Park. He says the policy tightens a long-standing ban on private aircraft being used in national park air space.

O’Niel says there were cases of the aerial drones disturbing and scaring bighorn sheep and people at Zion National Park. The National Park Service reports that similar events involving drones occurred at other national parks.